My Documented Life Project 2015

I’ve decided to join in with the documented life project for next year which will be in an art journal this time, I must admit I signed up for it this year too but I never took to the paper in my planner as it didn’t *feel* right and it was too thin, so because of this I barely touched the planner or did any of the challenges.

I didn’t realise how important paper was before this and always took it for granted, its such a personal choice and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another.  If it doesn’t feel right to you then you won’t use it, like I never used my planner this year because the quality of the paper set my teeth on edge!

The Challenge next year is taking part in a large Dylusions Journal, these journals are great for multiple techniques although I don’t like how the inks always bleed through the seams and ruins the previous pages. After seeing the initial announcement and excitement for next years challenge I set about thinking how it would work best for me. And in the end I decided to do it *MY* way as always…whats new! *rolls eyes*

Today I’m sharing with you what I plan to use for the challenges for my Document Life Project 2015!

I’m currently in love with creating on individual pages, they give me more artistic freedom than working in a journal, plus I can chop and change to different sizes whenever the mood takes me instead of abandoning another journal for the shiny new one (anyone recognise this trait or is it just me?)

So I decided to take a large A4 Lever Arch Ring Binder and decorate it myself to make it into a tip-in journal of sorts.

  • First thing I did was completely cover it with different colours of scrap papers, scrapbook papers and anything I could get my hands on, I didn’t think too much about this stage I just glued down the papers until I was happy with how it looked:



  • Once the glue was dry I painted over the entire thing in different shades of green and yellow acrylic paint:



To finish it off I used patterned duct tape along all the edges to give it strength:



I’m quite please with how it turned out!

Next I took a large stash of A4 papers, cards, scrapbook papers in different colours, types, grades and patterns and punched holes in them all and added sticky hole reinforcers to protect and give them strength. The 12×12 scrapbook pages where a little large for the file so I folded them to make a kind of pocket sleeve which I can either tear off or make into a pocket at a later date. I also finger painted the inside of the file to make it look a little brighter and cheery as you can see from the picture below:



While I have your attention Id like to share with you my first page that I did for the file, its for my 15 minute pact; a promise to myself to do 15 minutes of art everyday no matter how busy or tired or sore Im feeling. 15 minutes is very do-able I think 🙂


What are your creative plans for 2015?




Unleash Your Inner Butterfly Journal Page

The first prompt for the Journal52 group is to SOAR…to be perfectly honest when I started playing with this page I wasn’t even thinking about this challenge, it just happened all by itself.

To begin with I just let my brush dance on the page, I selected a palette of 4 colours and just played around with shapes and adding colour blocks to the page, once I had done that I used black paint to add some form to some of the shapes and give them random outlines, then set it to dry wondering what to do with it next….


Then an idea hit me, I wanted to make a butterfly fly out of the background, to do this I took a sheet of scrap paper and folded it in half, then using a pencil I drew a random half butterfly-ish shape as you can see below:


Then folded it out to reveal a butterfly!


I used the butterfly shape as a mask, I put it over the background, then painted over it using blue paint as you can see from the picture below:


Next using black paint I outlined the butterfly and painted in a body, once the paint was dry I used a white posca paint pen to outline the whole thing and make it pop:


Finally I added more dotted doodles on the page with the posca pen and then stamped out the quote which came to mind as I was making the page:


More pics for you:





Journal 52 Handmade Book Covers

I have decided to take part in the Journal52 challenge, it looks like good fun with 52 prompts for the new year, you can join the facebook group here if you would like to give it a whirl:

For this challenge I decided to make my book covers 6×6 in size, its a size I haven’t worked with much so I am looking forward to the challenge. I had some blank chipboard covers already in my stash so I covered them with torn scrap papers and added a sheet of embossed card that I had embossed with an embossing folder.

The colour of the book covers was achieved by adding many layers of purple and metallic paints and inks, then finally sanding the whole thing to give it the distressed look I was going for.

I added 2 huge book rings so that I could add a lot of pages to it, and the numerals where cut from scrapbook paper 🙂


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2014 Intentions Journal Page

On Our Art  Cafe group our monthly challenge for January is to create a new year intentions page with a list of your dreams and ideals for the forthcoming year, when I started playing with this background I had no idea this is what it would become, it just came about from playing with paints, papers and shapes as you can see from all of the pictures below.

Step 1: the page started life as one of my messy mop up pages that I use for cleaning off my brushes on:

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Step 2: I glued on random scraps of paper over the surface:

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Step 3: I added a little stencilling:

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Step 4: I added random painted circles in purple, pink and black and set it aside to dry:

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Step 5: I added circles from book paper that Id painted in a creamy colour acrylic paint:


Step 6: I added the chipboard numbers 2014, and then used a white gel pen to add highlights to the page, then finally scribbled down my 2014 intentions into the circles: